The Republic of Palau consists of 340 islands, of which eight are inhabited. The most important islands are Angaur, Babeldaob, Peleliu and Koror. The population of Palau is about 20,796 (2009), and about two-thirds of the population lives in the capital city, Koror.
After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, Palau opted for independent status in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. The Republic of Palau adopted its own constitution in 1980 and has been an independent country since October 1994, the same year it entered into a Compact of Free Association with the United States.
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